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Eric Berry wins NFL award for ‘overcoming most adversity to succeed’

Eric Berry speaks about his cancer battle

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry traveled back to Georgia for chemotherapy after being diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin's lymphoma. On Wednesday, Berry practiced with his team for the first time this year and spoke about his cancer batt
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Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry traveled back to Georgia for chemotherapy after being diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin's lymphoma. On Wednesday, Berry practiced with his team for the first time this year and spoke about his cancer batt

Each year, the Professional Football Writers of America gives the George Halas Award.

It is given to “a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.” Any guess who is this year’s recipient?

Yep, it’s Chiefs safety Eric Berry.

Berry was diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin lymphoma. He started chemotherapy in December and had six rounds, each via an IV in his arm so he could continue to his workouts. But he returned in time for training camp.

Berry, the AP’s Comeback Player of the Year, played in the season opener, and was in the starting lineup by the second game. He had two interceptions and was chosen for the Pro Bowl.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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